Garden Update May 2022


I see new green leaves and budding plants! We are officially past our last frost warning – although we had a one night scare that my tomatoes didn’t like. All is well! Our baby trees are budding, I have planted a few flowers, and spring is in full swing.

We have a few different types of baby trees. I have them in pots as we won’t officially transplant them until the fall. The ground is too hard in the spring and summer and they will all go into “shock” going from nice soil to the red clay we have here in NC. But we have crabapples, crape myrtles, a couple white pines, and some dogwood trees. They are all babies but I like how they look sitting around our patio in pots!

Time to do some planting! My kids play in the dirt all year round – so you see here that they “planted” toy food and had hoped it would grow, ha!

Hubby got me some awesome new steel garden beds and Mother’s day always includes flowers – my favorite!

I will be talking about my planting techniques in a different post but below you can see some of our seedlings popping through.

The most important thing about sowing seeds is SPACE. They need to be sown in rows and with a bit of space between them. The second most important thing is WATER. The babies will need water every day when trying to germinate. The damp soil gives them the best chance to sprout and break the surface.

Our soil is AWESOME. How do I know? It grows mushrooms randomly on it’s own! I never recommend actually EATING these mushrooms but just know it’s a great indication of the health of the dirt. I let them grow and die right where they are.

We added compost to the dirt before planting. We have some fun “volunteer” squash plants popping up. When seeds don’t fully die in the compost bin over the winter, you may accidentally plant fun surprises!

All the tomatoes have been planted! A total of 23 plants! Some are my Lockwood variety from seeds I saved from our awesome crop last year. I am experimenting with straw as mulch in the far left steel bed with some larger tomato varieties. Straw as “mulch” helps with water retention. We will see how it goes!

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